#154: 2007.03.28

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a shorter list this week, as we kept ourselves to five great releases that each deserved out full attention.  firstly, 23five has released a full disc of works by jean-francois laporte, including the exquisite mantra, which we originally featured on framework some years back when it was released on metamkine‘s cinema pour l’oreilleseries of 3″ cds.  mantra is composed entirely from the sounds if a compressor on an ice rink, and its intensely complex patterns of stunning drones are a sound for sore ears.  we couldn’t resist playing this again (although we rarely do repeats), especially in the company of two of the disc’s other pieces, one composed entirely from stormy wind sounds, and the other making full use of the natural 15 second reverb inside an empty cargo hull.

we also heard 2 extracts from afflux‘s less-than-new release bordeaux tnt, constructed from the recordings of a 6 hour live performance in 2000 featuring their usual array of ambient mics and wire installations; 2 pieces from the italian artist hue‘s lovely and somehow somewhat narrative debut cd; a few end-on-end selections from the very active san francisco musician jefre cantu-ledesma‘s recent spekk cd, and 2 tracks from iland, the stunning work of two australian sound artists, thembi soddell and anthea caddy.  while this release might not technically qualify as field-recording (you may have noticed i’m getting much less strict in my old age), it’s attention to space and resonance (certain sound materials were recorded in a reverb chamber, others in an anechoic chamber), not to mention it’s intensity and beauty, qualified it enough for my ears…

nick sellen  /  framework intro
http://www.nicksellen.co.uk

jean-francois laporte  /  electro-prana  /  soundmatters  /  23five
http://www.jflaporte.net, http://www.23five.org

afflux  /  extract 1  /  bordeaux tnt  /  and/oar – alluvial
http://ascendre.free.fr, http://www.and-oar.org, http://www.alluvial.com

hue  /  medelana (bologna)  /  un’estate senza pioggia  /  trazeroeuno
http://www.greysparkle.com, http://www.trazeroeuno.org

anthea caddy & thembi soddell  /  track 2  /  iland  /  cajid
http://www.cajid.com

jefre cantu-ledesma  /  autumn equinox, august moon, coyolxauhqui…  /  the garden of forking paths  /  spekk
jefre cantu-ledesma  / feast of the pentecost  /  the garden of forking paths  /  spekk
jefre cantu-ledesma  / the lights and pefections  /  the garden of forking paths  /  spekk
jefre cantu-ledesma  / rhododendrons  /  the garden of forking paths  /  spekk
http://www.rootstrata.com/, http://www.spekk.net

jean-francois laporte  /  dans le ventre du dragon  /  soundmatters  / 23five
http://www.jflaporte.net, http://www.23five.org

afflux  /  extract 2  /  bordeaux tnt  /  and/oar – alluvial
http://ascendre.free.fr, http://www.and-oar.org, http://www.alluvial.com

anthea caddy & thembi soddell  /  track 4  /  iland  /  cajid
http://www.cajid.com

hue  /  la canzone dell’estate (il borro)  /  un’estate senza pioggia  /  trazeroeuno
http://www.greysparkle.com, http://www.trazeroeuno.org

jean-francois laporte  /  mantra  /  soundmatters  /  23five
http://www.jflaporte.net, http://www.23five.org

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